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Water Spouts

For whatever reason, there seems to be an impression among some that water spouts aren't particularly dangerous. Think again...



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Re: Water Spouts

Oy! I saw a few as a teenager out on the lower Chesapeake, but they were pretty small. Nothing like that. Waterspouts bad ... noted.
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Re: Water Spouts

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water spouts aren't particularly dangerous. Think again...
Crapoli. The boats are fine. Just the roof seems to need repair.
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Re: Water Spouts

Most waterspouts are F-0, with wind speeds of 40-72mph. Most.
That's plenty of wind to make for a troubling few minutes at anchor, but as mentioned above it seems, in this case, to have done little damage to the boats. Not much more than a severe squall line, but certainly something one would want to avoid if possible.
I have only heard of one boat (about 45') actually picked up and moved by one, from her anchor onto a reef in Fiji, but it is unsubstantiated; no pictures or anything.
When I have had the opportunity to actually got quite close to some in the NE/NW Providence Channel in the Bahamas, where they are extremely common, I chose to power away from them even though we were on a pretty big 80' motorsailor. But there was that urge to investigate.
They pass over the Keys from time to time, usually at night and it's always interesting to drive by the swath they carve through the mangroves in the morning, but I don't remember any causing damage to structures or boats.
It was thought that firing a cannon ball into the cone would dissipate them in the days of armed sailing ships, but I have never read any reports that it worked.
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Re: Water Spouts

While a spout might not pose so much of an issue at sea, in close confines they can be problematic. In this case there evidently were quite a few boats damaged, some surely by flying debris if nothing else.

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